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Thomas Kennedy

Immigration Hub

Born in Argentina, Thomas Kennedy came to the United States with his parents at the age of 9, first living in New Jersey before settling down in Miami. After living as an undocumented person for over a decade and seeing the daily struggles his parents overcame to have a better life, Thomas became involved in progressive activism and immigration reform advocacy. He graduated with an international relations major from the Florida International University and a masters in community and social change from the University of Miami. Thomas has worked for nonprofits and civil rights organizations including the Service Employees International Union, The New Florida Majority, and as the Political Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, managing statewide electoral campaigns and voter registration efforts. With his help, the Florida Immigrant Coalition registered 29,000 voters in 2018 and 2019 and was part of a campaign by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to pass amendment 4, which restored voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians. He also helped lead a campaign to close a detention camp for migrant children in Homestead. Recently, he worked for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, where he helped manage a team of volunteers across 50 states and worked at United We Dream as National Campaign Manager. He currently advises progressive and immigrant rights organizations and serves as a Democratic National Committee member who is focused on reforming the institution to make it more democratic and focused on working class issues.